Have you been searching for a stone benchtop and are wanting to understand the best options for your needs and requirements? There are several types of benchtops available ranging from quantum quartz, natural stone benchtop, marble benchtop, caesarstone benchtop, porcelain stone benchtop and more.
There are many aspects of a benchtop to consider which may help you make the decision about which benchtop would be best for you. Some considerations may include your design goals, the level of durability it will provide, the amount of cleaning and maintenance required to sustain and keep your benchtop looking new and at its best and the level of heat resistance a kitchen benchtop may provide.
1. The Level Of Durability
A porcelain stone benchtop is a great option for a kitchen benchtop if you are looking for a benchtop that will provide extreme durability. Due to the properties in a porcelain stone benchtop, it is extremely dense and durable, providing long-lasting results.
Quartz stone kitchen benchtops are another option for a durable benchtop, with two of the main varieties being Silestone and Caesarstone. Silestone is resistant to scratches, stains, as a high resistance to abrasion and limits bacterial growth. Caesarstone is made up of 93 percent of natural quartz making it resistant to cracks, scratches, and stains. Both Silestone and Caesarstone are ideal options to utilise for a kitchen benchtop due to their features!
2. The Amount Of Cleaning And Maintenance Required
A quantum quartz kitchen benchtop does not require a lot of maintenance and is extremely easy to clean due to it being non-porous. All that is required to clean a quantum quartz kitchen benchtop is a soft moist cloth and a simple wipe down. All liquids and stains should be easy to remove as the material is stain resistant, which makes cleaning up after cooking a quick and easy task.
If you are looking for a benchtop that doesn’t require a lot of time and effort in cleaning and maintenance, a benchtop that is similar to quantum quartz may be the best option for you!
3. The Level Of Heat Resistance
Many benchtops such as marble benchtops and Caesarstone benchtops have some heat resistance, although this does not mean that the benchtops can endure sudden and extremely high levels of heat from pots and pans being placed directly onto the benchtop.
Caesarstone benchtops are heat resistant for temperatures under 100 degrees Celsius, although they may not cope with extreme temperature changes. If Caesarstone benchtops are exposed to extreme and sudden levels of heat that may be damaged. It is always recommended to utilise a wooden chopping board or a heat trivet to put your hot pots and pans on instead of directly onto the benchtop. Quartz benchtops are heat resistant, but similarly to Caesarstone may not cope with sudden heat changes and may experience ‘heat shock’ which causes the stone to crack when a cold surface meets a hot object. If you are searching for a benchtop that has a high level of heat resistance, a porcelain benchtop may be a viable option as they are most susceptible to heat changes!
4. Kitchen Benchtop That Has Hygienic Properties
There are several benchtops that are suitable for kitchens, although choosing a material that is known for its hygienic features may be beneficial for your kitchen. A quartz material such as quantum quartz may be a beneficial option as its material resists liquid which consequently limits bacteria growth.
5. Consider Your Design Goals
Along with their practical uses, benchtops and specifically benchtop scan look aesthetic and luxurious. A natural stone product can vary in colours, shades, textures, and grains due to its nature, which makes each product unique and exciting from a design standpoint. A Silestone benchtop may be a beneficial option if you are searching for a benchtop with impressive aesthetics similar to the natural stone benchtop with the extra durability and resilience.
A quantum quartz benchtop is available in a wide variety of colours and textures ranging from whites, neutral and earthy tones, through to greys and striking black shades. A quantum quartz is available in a range of slab sizes and thicknesses, allowing this option to be fit into your space and designed in a way to make a statement.
Are you ready to source a kitchen benchtop?
A marble benchtop may be the best choice for your kitchen benchtop if you have been searching for a benchtop that is long-lasting and easy to clean and maintain. If you are wanting to install a high-quality and durable benchtop in your home for your kitchen or bathroom, reach out to a reputable stonemason who can assist you with any questions you may have about stone benchtops and the process of installing them.